Typhoon Hagupit

Typhoon Hagupit, also known as Typhoon Ruby, entered the area late on December 3, in the same time it was upgraded into a Category 5 super typhoon. With this, the NDRRMC reported that schools were suspended in the areas: Samar, Biliran and Tacloban during December 4–5. On December 5, the NDRRMC had put up Signal Warnings #1 and 2 from the lower part of Luzon to the upper part of Mindanao. Rough seas and gale force winds were warned over the seaboards over the eastern part of the country. The Department of Health will be under Code Red alert at DOH-retained hospitals in regions expected to be hit by the typhoon starting on December 6. In the same time, PAGASA has put up a Signal #3 warnings over Samar and they are expecting a storm surge up to 4 metres high.Residents in at least 42 areas in Bicol and Visayas may have to take precautionary measures against possible storm surges due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). As of 7:30 a.m. Project NOAH said three of the 42 are under Storm Surge Advisory (SSA) 3, 11 are under SSA 2, and the rest are under SSA 1. SSA 3 involves waves of up to four meters above sea level; SSA 2 three meters; and SSA 1 two meters. It was also reported that schools and businesses were closed from December 5–6 in places in Visayas and southern Luzon

Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines. The storm knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported. Over half a million have fled coastal villages in the past few days ahead of the storm's arrival. The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph).



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Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 9, 2014 at 8:47am
Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 9, 2014 at 8:44am

Update as of 8 Dec

  • Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) has weakened into a tropical storm as it continues to slowly move towards Batangas province, south of Manila, with moderate to heavy rain.

  • An estimated 1 million people are in 687 evacuation centres according to Government reports.

  • Government team conducts initial assessment in the first landfall area (Dolores, Eastern Samar); the priorities are to ensure access to food and water, and to clear the debris.

  • Communication remains a challenge and the full extent of damage in northeastern areas of Northern Samar province and southern Masbate province is unclear.

Comment by Dr Ron Patterson on December 8, 2014 at 4:39pm

That should read  Supplies////

Comment by Dr Ron Patterson on December 8, 2014 at 4:38pm

We have contacted our treined team and waiting for a report of needs.  Standing by with additional teams, suplies, medican supplies and food, water filter units.   Please contact with requested needs..  Director email drronpat@aol.com

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 8, 2014 at 1:33pm
Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 8, 2014 at 1:29pm

Update from Kris Cruzado:

0400H: Update from Carigara (Day 2 Update)

First of all, I apologise that I wasn’t able to post this last night as promised. I didn’t have network reception in Ormoc. But, my team and I were able to find a place to sleep.

As I am making this post, the sun is already up .

Our swift assessment yesterday (December 7) covered municipalities between Ormoc City, Western Leyte and Basey, Western Samar.

I am happy to update everyone that so far, there have been no major damages that we’ve seen as far as shelters and buildings are concerned; although we’ve seen a few houses that were toppled down and some temporary classrooms ripped apart. While we were on the road, we’ve observed that major rivers were almost going to overflow. If the rain continues to pour down, there’s a risk for flooding and that’s not a good thing. The major concern right now, and this is based on what we’ve seen and heard is to help build livelihood projects for affected families. The coconut trees - the major crop and one of the major sources of income in Leyte, Samar and Biliran - will still take 5-10 years to recover from the damages that have been caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Approximately, about 80-90 per cent of the coconut trees are damaged by Haiyan, which left many individuals poorer than they were before. The other crops that people grow are banana and sugarcane, which are mostly damaged by Typhoon Ruby, leaving poor families more economically vulnerable.

At 0400H today, some of the members of the Health and Paramedics and Rapid Response Committees left Ormoc to Lawaan, Eastern Samar to meet with DRN members in that area. Together, we will go to Dolores where Typhoon Ruby made its first landfall to do an assessment. I will post an update as soon as I can.

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 8, 2014 at 1:27pm

Update from Kris Cruzado:

254700H: Update from Tacloban (Day 3)

Finally, my team and I were able to get to Dolores today. Our day started at 3:00 in the morning and the travel from Ormoc to Dolores took more than 11 hours! Well, the road was really! But, we were quite lucky because by the time we got to Maydolong, the road was already clear. There was a landslide in this town and responding organisations weren’t able to get past it until today.

My team is composed of representatives from various committees from Ormoc Evangelical Disaster Response Network (OEDRN), but most of them come from the Health and Security Team. I was thinking that maybe they could help provide firs-aid when needed. OEDRN was joined by the Health and Security Team from Balangiga and Lawaan, Eastern Samar. One common thing about these teams is that they are all survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Learning from that experience, they though that organising themselves into a disaster response network would strengthen their capacity to respond to disasters.

As we were passing by the towns of Maydolong, San Julien, Taft ,Can-Avid (and other towns I didn’t get the name), we have seen houses that are totally destroyed, coconut trees that are de-topped, and damaged and muddy road. We’ve seen fathers trying to salvage materials from their destroyed houses, mothers who are picking torn and muddied clothes from the ground, and children playing. There was silence in the car… My teammates were emotional! They were in tears as they recalled their lives after Typhoon Haiyan and how they also picked up clothes from the ground and salvaged old materials for a makeshift. For awhile, I was worried that their trauma might come back. But, I also thought that maybe it will help them see their situation in a different perspective. At the end of our trip, we did a debriefing and I am glad that all of them are happy with the experience.

When we got to Dolores, the town doesn’t seem very affected. We heard that there are isolated islands in Dolores, but since it was already past 4 in the afternoon, there was no time for us to cross the ocean to get to these islands. Besides, I didn’t think it was safe to do that. We went to the municipal hall to meet the mayor or any representative from DSWD, and again, we got lucky because there was a press conference that was about to happen. We stayed, listened and asked questions. Pastor Jonathan Pobadora, a member of OEDRN’s Logistics and Transportation Committee asked a question pertaining to the welfare of the evacuees and how the government should provide safety to people, especially to mothers and children. He was trembling while talking, but he was speaking from his experience with Typhoon Haiyan.

Initial Data (please note that the data gathering is ongoing, especially in the upland and the islands):

Number of Casualties: 2
Number of Injured Individuals: 22 
Number of Missing Persons: None

Immediate Needs (according to the mayor):

:: Communication Line
:: Relief Foods (at least for 2 months)
:: Shelter Materials
:: Tents (as evacuees need to vacate the classrooms where they are currently staying as classes will resume on Wednesday, December 10).

Around 80% of the shelters in 46 barangays of Dolores are totally damaged, and 20% partially damaged. The final number of shelters and the list of priority barangays will come out tomorrow.

I like that the local government and the people themselves have learned from the experience of Typhoon Haiyan. They are prepared. They evacuated early; hence the casualty was almost zero.

Note: All data taken were only from Dolores. Other towns before Dolores also need help

Comment by CREST MALAYSIA on December 7, 2014 at 9:30pm
According to UN OCHA & Samaritan Purse, Boronggan is now clear for vehicles to pss. Until now East & North Samar have no internet coverage. Only satellite phone
Comment by CREST MALAYSIA on December 7, 2014 at 9:25pm
Comment by JK Aliganga on December 7, 2014 at 9:14pm
Hi Steven, thank you for your assistance. I'm currently in Legaspi Albay.
Comment by Steven Loh on December 7, 2014 at 8:35pm
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Hello, I'm Steve Loh from Rescue Relief Int'l, Singapore. We have paramedics, doctors, nurses and counsellors ready to deploy into worst hit areas. I'm currently in Manila monitoring Typhoon Hagupit. Please contact me Loh.steve@gmail.com or at +63 927 463 8815 if you know of a place that needs medical help.
Comment by JK Aliganga on December 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Hi All,

As of posting time.

Comment by James Tan on December 6, 2014 at 9:12pm

Hi Friends,

I've been receiving situation updates from groups in Northern Cebu, Negros and Northern Palawan over the past 24 hrs. The key points are:

1. All have indicated that their local government units (LGUs) have been urging (and in some cases enforcing) evacuation, especially for those coastal communities.

2. Many have, however, been reluctant to move. There are also outliers littered in many communities who have opted to stay behind.

3. The evacuation centres, comprising mostly churches and schools, have varying degrees of infrastructural robustness. Most centres are already over-crowded, and lack adequate sanitation amenities, food and water.      

I will update as I get more information. Cheers!


Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 6, 2014 at 8:56pm

Great info from Carlotta Leon Guerrero of the Ayuda Foundation: 

we have a distribution system that delivered donated medical cargo to 23 hospitals damaged by typhoon Yolanda/haiyan last year.
our partners I the USA are MAP International and MedShare international. We handled all the paperwork and distribution of TONS and TONS of donated medicine, supplies and medical equipment.
We raised the money on Guam from Govt of Guam efforts and the Filipino community of Guam and our local Guam businesses. MAP has notified us that they have medicine staged and ready to go..It is called an IEHK and is enough medicine for 30,000 people for 30 days..they also have additional medical kits for approximTely 5-7,000 people for a total of 35,000 people will. Executive from our first shipment on e we decide where to send it to. So far we are monitoring the situation..last time the problem we had was connecting with hospital officials in Tacloban because they had no phones or way to talk to us.

I am registering with this network so we can turn to you guys for help as needed. 


Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 6, 2014 at 8:54pm

Great info from Jonathan Wilson of CRASH Japan:

CRASH Japan will be working with local churches and PCMN to provide OperationSAFE child trauma camps for children who have been affected by the typhoon. Our team is currently in Borongan, Samar and we have around 200 trained volunteers who are ready to provide child trauma care. Our network is strong in Samar, but we will need to find other networks for affected communities in other areas.


Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 6, 2014 at 8:52pm

All, please take the time to follow up with the Roster of Responding Organizations Survey - we already have some teams that have filled it... try to connect with them


Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 6, 2014 at 8:52pm

From the UN Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

The JRC has developed an experimental global storm surge model, which is run after each advisory issued by the regional tropical cyclone centres. The calculations are published about 20 minutes after a new advisory is detected by GDACS. The calculations identify the populated places affected by storm surge up to three days in advance, using the forecasted track. When forecasts change, the associated storm surge changes too and alert levels may go up or down.

This report is for advisory number 16 of tropical cyclone HAGUPIT-14 issued at 4 Dec 2014 18:00:00 (GDACS Event ID 1000130). However, the calculation for advisory number is not completed. Therefore, the latest available calculation is shown. All links, data, statistics and maps refer to the latest available calculation.


Current impact estimate:

  • Population affected by cyclone-strength winds (>120km/h): 3.9 million
  • Saffir-Simpson Category: Category 5
  • Maximum sustained wind speed: 286 km/h
  • The maximum Storm surge height is in , . This height is estimated for 
Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 6, 2014 at 8:49pm

Hi guys, got this from IMR 

We have a team going on Wednesday into Cebu and we have a large group we are coordinating with.  If anybody wants to come they are welcome.
International Medical Relief (IMR) has been conducting missions globally for quite some time. They are a good group to connect with. 
Comment by Milani DG Pagauitan on December 6, 2014 at 4:22pm
@dswdserves: As of 4AM, 7 Dec 2014, there are 104,658 family-evacuees in areas affected by #RubyPH
Comment by Inban Abraham Caldwell on December 6, 2014 at 4:02pm

What are the people & places that need assistance? I would not mind making a recce trip from 18th to 22nd Dec or 26th to 30th Dec on behalf of HAND. We had an IMR Team in Kupang led by Dr. Maricar Santos a Filipino last week. They have been keeping us informed & would see how we can best respond. 

I have requested some partners to advise what we can do & where it is most needed. Thought it will be best if we wait till all the main initial players leave & wait for dust to settle before getting involved. Secondly, we may have an Indonesian Medical Team available if the need arises. Some Singaporeans have expressed interest as well in the area water. Waiting for more information & specific areas of interest....


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